Greening the Dal Science Commons
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Dalhousie University has had a history of substandard air quality and occupant discomfort in the Life Sciences Center, which has prompted the investigation of implementing green design technologies into the proposed Dalhousie Science Commons. The main objectives of the study were to identify the three most feasible green technologies, submit them to a thorough analysis, and provide this information in a meaningful form to aid interested parties in further decision making and to initiate further action on this project. The most feasible green design principles that applied to the proposed Dalhousie Science Commons were divided into several categories. These categories were based upon functionality and were chosen based upon site limitations, input from Dan Jackson, PhD, Research & Development Coordinator, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University, interviews with Facilities Management, a survey of undergraduate science students, and a literature review. As a result of our research methods we chose to focus on Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, Energy Efficient Lighting, and Green Roofs. After evaluating the technological, social, economic and environmental feasibility of each design principle, it was determined that numerous benefits could be had by their adoption. We recognize, though, that further investigation is required since certain details of the project are yet unknown. It was determined that the best course of action was to provide a comprehensive background on what was determined to be the most feasible technologies as a starting point for further action. If our recommendations are taken, and further action is taken to implement green design technologies into the proposed Dalhousie Science Commons, many environmental, social, and economical benefits will certainly follow.